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Behind the News with Doug Henwood - December 19, 2013 at 12:00pm

Behind the News with Doug Henwood, for December 19, 2013 - 12:00pm

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Yours is the second Pacifica

Yours is the second Pacifica program I've heard in the past week or so, the other being Economic Update on WBAI, in which the left's current lack of strength was compared to the situation in the 1930s. Yet on neither show was it even mentioned that the capitalist class in this country in the '30s had a huge Sword of Democles hanging over its head in the form of the USSR, not as a direct physical threat, but as an example of a rather large portion of the globe being run without a capitalist class. Today, if one tosses the word socialist around as an alternative, one will most likely be met with a quizzical stare that implies: "Uh, wasn't that already tried 'over there' and found wanting? And haven't the two big socialist states 'gone capitalist' to get on their feet?" In short, the current situation is not at all like that in the '30s due to the above reference to "The Socialist State" then in existence and to the fact that the nation was in a Great Depression, where conditions on the ground were a helluva lot worse than in today's "Great Recession" - at least so far.

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